Backpage.com CEO arrested, accused of several felony pimping charges
Warrants were issued for Michael Lacey, 68, and James Larkin, 67 after Carl Ferrer, the chief executive for Backpage.com, was arrested this week on charges that allege sex-trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the website.
Ferrer is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The website has been under pressure for years to stop running ads for sexual services, especially after website Craigslist, the original online classified web page, shut down a similar area in 2010.
Other classified websites have been accused of allowing sex trafficking in the past.
His attorney did not return a call for comment Saturday but previously said Herrer will fight the "trumped up" charges. "They ignore the holdings of numerous federal courts that the First Amendment protects the ads on Backpage.com", McDougall said.
However, the criminal complaint and affidavit, like the Washington lawsuit filed on behalf of three underage girls, contend that Backstage actively coached advertisers in how to write advertisements in ways that would stay within legal limits while still encouraging commercial sex.
The Washington state Supreme Court similarly ruled past year that the company didn't just host the ads, but helped develop the content.
Lacey and Larkin sold the Phoenix New Times in 2012. That percentage dropped to 90 percent in May 2015, likely due to credit card companies that stopped processing payments to the site, California Department of Justice Special Agent Brian Fichtner said in a declaration in support of the arrest warrant. A message to a spokeswoman for the Texas attorney general drew no response.
"I am gratified by the news that authorities are moving to hold accountable individuals at Backpage.com for their history of putting profits before protecting victims of human trafficking".
The attorney for Backpage.com is blasting the raid on the online classified ad portal's Dallas headquarters and the arrest of chief executive Carl Ferrer as "an election year stunt" on the part of the California attorney general and "not a good-faith action by law enforcement".
The investigation into Backpage's dealings reportedly took years, and last year, the Cook County Sheriff in IL had cut off the website's credit card payment system. During that period, Backpage's revenue from California totaled more than $51 million, the company's self-reporting shows.
First round pick Kevin Johnson will be out indefinitely after suffering his second Jones fracture in his foot in a year. The Texans are scoring a league-low 16.4 points per game, and have been giving up 29 points per game since J.J.
Lieutenant Colonel Fariq Hama Faraj said he and his men have received orders they will not advance any further in the Mosul fight. Kurdish fighters moving along the narrow village roads stuck to paths they had already used and walked in single file.
The Rangers took their first lead of the series in the top of the first, as Carlos Beltran's ground out scored Carlos Gomez. Bautista's homer and emphatic bat flip in Game 5 was the lasting image from Toronto's ALDS win over the Rangers last season.
Duke was also highly effective on third down, converting eight of 16 attempts. "Before the game, I felt we were ready to play". Howard ran the ball in from 8 yards out on WVU's next possession, and the Mountaineers held a 24-7 halftime advantage.
Perrie adds: "We're really proud and excited about our new album and can't wait to share the new music with everyone". Some viewers promptly noted similarities between Shout Out To My Ex and GRL's 2013 hit single Ugly Heart .
He hammered Clinton's handling of classified information while serving as secretary of state and referred to her as "the devil". Trump vowed to "accept this mantle of responsibility" in challenging the establishment and holding the Clinton's accountable.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said the Republican nominee needs to "stop whining" and go make his case to voters. Obama added that Renzi's proposed reforms "are the right ones", adding: "I am rooting for success".
Lydia Ko logged her worst finish of the season as she went further backwards in her final round of the LPGA tournament in Korea. Ciganda and Lee took turns giving away leads on a rainy, tough day as they each sought to claim their first LPGA titles.
Meanwhile, it'll be payday for LSU in 2017 as the Tigers travel to Alabama , Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee AND Florida. The game was originally scheduled to take place in Gainesville, Florida, on October 8, but was officially postponed a week ago.
The hotel is about two miles away from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, site of tonight's final presidential debate. A wall - of taco trucks - is going up outside the Trump International Las Vegas hotel this morning.
Miller, who struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings through the first two games of the series, fanned three batters this time. Reigning National league Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta is getting the ball for the Cubs against Rich Hill.
The company had revenue of $2573.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $2649.34 million. The stock dropped -4.4% the day following the earnings data was made public, and on 7th day price change was 5.6%.
Daytime High Tuesday Threatens Weather Record
The weekend looks split - rain is still possible on Saturday afternoon, with highs in the upper 60s and plenty of cloud cover. Warm air moving in from the south will keep our temperatures a good 10-15 degrees above normal through Thursday .
FX releases new promo for Marvel's Legion TV series
FX has released a new teaser trailer for Legion which features a taste of the destructive potential that Heller has inside of him. The new trailer was tweeted out with a February 2017 premiere date, further narrowing down the pilot\u0027s air date.